Posts Tagged ‘Drew Jacobs’

Remembering Danny’s First Day

November 12, 2018

Flashing back to the beginning of Manny this month.

Mon., Nov. 9, 1998 – Michelle and Drew realize from the WSPR broadcast that they have killed Mick. A Springfield police officer comes around asking questions, making them all a little nervous. Everyone gets more uneasy when Michelle is questioned, since she said that she had a problem with keeping quiet about what happened on the beach. After the officer leaves, the four make a pact that they will keep this secret forever, and that they need to protect each other. (Forever lasted about 2 months.)

Honestly I’ve been having trouble finding this day’s episode. I’m sure I saw it before. I’m not going to dig more right now, but hopefully I’ll find it some time. (11-7-2018)

Michelle waiting for Danny 1st day

Michelle waiting for Danny 1st day

Wed., Nov. 11, 1998 – Drew demanded that Michelle keep her mouth shut or they would all be in danger. Rick showed up at Millennium and was glad to hear that Jesse and Michelle weren’t moving in together — he asked why she didn’t come home the night before. Drew stuck up for her, claiming Michelle was moving in with her. Michelle almost blew the cover story when she told Rick she couldn’t stop thinking about Mick’s awful death and seeing his body. Rick hadn’t seen Mick’s body on the news, but the others covered.

Manny Highlights
(Continues with stuff from 13th – includes Danny bragging about his bar tending skills)

Full Episode (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Fri., Nov. 13, 1998 – Michelle was still troubled over Mick’s death. A stranger arrives at Millennium, all in black with a piercing eyes and a knowing smile. The foursome first peg him as another cop, but are shocked to learn he is Mick Santos’s brother and that he’s there to find his brother’s killer. The new bartender Drew just hired to replace Mick, strangely quits, and Danny offered his services to Drew with a great speech about his ability behind a bar.  She hired him, but told him that it was only temporary. Danny’s first day!!!

Danny Bartender Speech

Danny Bartender Speech

Danny: It’s going to be tough to sell drinks without a bartender…You need a drink jokey you got one…I can make a martini that James Bond would die for, shaken not stirred. I can also whip up a Black Russian, a Pink Lady, a Yellow Bird. I don’t just do colors I do places a Manhattan, Singapore Sling, a Cuba Libre….You can’t turn me down, Drew.

Manny Highlights (Skips middle scenes see link below) This is the best quality of the repeated scenes.

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My Comments:

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


Manny They Decide What to Do About Mick November 6 1998

November 9, 2018

One thought I don’t think ever occurred to me before. They are discussing Mick’s death and their involvement LOUDLY in a bar where a lot of people know who they are? There could really have been an interesting blackmail someone to keep quiet story thrown in here. And they KEEP doing it!?

Fri., Nov. 6, 1998 – Back at Millennium and concerned they couldn’t find Mick, Bill urges Drew and Michelle to stop blaming each other for what happened and instead, go to the police. Jesse assures both women that he will protect them from Mick. Jesse also suggests that they go into hiding until he can find the drug dealer. Later, they hear a news report that Mick’s lifeless body has been found. (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Manny Joie Michelle’s First Day November 5, 1998

November 8, 2018
Michelle waiting for Danny 1st day

Michelle waiting for Danny 1st day

And here it is, the day we’ve been waiting for, the day I awaited for with great anticipation the first time (thanks to Soap Opera Digest for letting me know the day), I awaited for with little patience when we were watching the old episodes uploaded from Iceland (beyond thanks to Heartbreaker for uploading), MICHELLE’S FIRST DAY! Be sure to follow the link for my comments.

Thurs., Nov. 5, 1998 – After they knocked Mick out cold, Michelle and Drew ran back to Millennium. They told Jesse and Bill about Mick’s attack and Jesse said he’d take care of Mick. Sam Dietz showed up looking for Mick. He had a meeting with Mick and couldn’t believe Mick would miss the meeting. Drew quickly made up a story about him being at a concert and the other 3 jumped in with details. Dietz leaves an angry message for Mick. When Drew and Michelle are alone again, Drew told Michelle to keep her mouth shut. She didn’t want Jesse to know that they were going to talk about him on the beach or about her connection to Mick. Suddenly realizing that it’s been awhile and if Mick was mildly hurt and angry he should have been back by now, Bill suggested that they go to the beach to find Mick and make sure he wasn’t bleeding to death. Drew was reluctant, but they all went.

Manny Highlight Clips

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My Comments:

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

The Great Michelle Switch Goodbye Rebecca Hello Joie

November 7, 2018

I was a Michelle fan from the very beginning. I was even there when she was conceived. There are not that many characters people can say that about. (Her conception was a great story even though it eventually ended with the complete destruction of a really great couple in Fletcher and Claire.) Michelle had many faces, but Rachel Miner was the one that really defined Michelle for me. So I was rather devastated when Miner

was SORASed a few years and taken over by Rebecca Budig.

Michelle at Bauer BBQ 1992

Michelle at Bauer BBQ 1992

There were many fans who found Budig’s Michelle sweet. I didn’t. It seemed to me that Michelle had all the spirit and brains sucked out of her. She was a shell of her former self who seemed fixated on being in love with her current boyfriend and getting him to sleep with her. She didn’t succeed, she just tried until Jesse finally gave in although even after that they didn’t sleep with each other too often. This story probably sums up what I found Budig’s Michelle like.

Michelle is Blind

Michelle is Blind

I had previously enjoyed Joie Lenz’s portrayal as the young Reva clone. I was SO excited when I found out that Lenz was replacing Budig I jumped up and did a little dance. She had all the spit and fire that was lacking and if Cleva wasn’t smart, she was clever and I had great hopes for what she could do with Michelle.

The actual switch was abrupt. It kind of makes me wonder if they didn’t realize Budig was going to leave. Not only did they switch in the middle of a long term, slow burn story, but in the middle of a high action scene. On Friday Rebecca Budig’s Michelle was attacked by Mick and on Monday Joie Lenz’s Michelle killed him. It was a good thing that Lenz

Manny in hospital blind scare

Manny in hospital blind scare

landed running, although it is probably fair to say that perhaps Michelle basically being in shock for a couple of episodes probably helped give her time to acclimate.

So here is Budig’s Michelle starting the scene on Friday:

(The link isn’t holding its place look around 8:00 in)

And Lenz’s Michelle finishing it on Monday.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Manny Mick is Killed November 4 1998

November 5, 2018

Mick was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Mick’s death is such an important part of the Manny story that for the rest of it to make sense you have to know that Mick died.

Wed., Nov. 4, 1998 – Michelle informed Drew that she turned down Jesse’s marriage proposal — but only temporarily. She suggested that since Drew would be Jesse’s neighbor in the twin apartments above Millennium, they needed to talk and settle things for good in private. Drew agreed and asked Michelle to meet her at the beach. Once Drew got there, she ran into Mick whose “connections” had quickly gotten him released from jail. He had followed Drew to the beach and he was looking for revenge. After some threats, he started to attack her. Michelle showed up and told him to stop — resulting in him going after her. Mick started dragging Michelle off towards his car, cracking jokes, suggesting he was going to rape her, and maybe worse.

Mick: “You messed with me Drew and now I’ll mess with your pretty little friend here. I like a girl who gives it as good as she gets and babe you’re going to get it real good. Let’s go for a ride just the two of us…Now you can relax Drew you’re off the hook. I’ll take what you owe me out of your pretty little friend.”

As Michelle struggled to get away, Drew hit him over the head with a rock — which only attracted his attention back to her — and then Michelle hit him with the rock. Mick was knocked out and falls to the ground. Both girls ran off terrified, certain Mick would be right on their heels.

Manny Highlight Clip

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My Comments:

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

We Head To Springfield Beach October 30, 1998

November 1, 2018

Fri., Oct. 30, 1998 – At Millennium, Drew was upset when Selena informed her she’s taking two weeks off to look for her daughter. (A box of Drew’s belongings that has her baby picture in it — it’s the same one of Selena’s daughter.) Drew told her not to bother coming back and got nasty with her. Selena begged Drew to look at the picture of her daughter and explain how she could be so cruel, but Drew doesn’t see the photo. Meanwhile, Michelle shocked Jesse by telling him that she wasn’t moving in with him — “it just doesn’t feel right”. Jesse at first blamed Rick and then more forcefully Bill Lewis for somehow changing her mind, but then asked Michelle to marry him thinking she wanted more of a commitment and to do it right. Turns out she doesn’t want that either. She turns down Jesse’s proposal, as she puts it temporarily, because they just aren’t ready yet. (Jesse, it’s called she’s just not that into you. Wake up and smell the coffee.) (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5)

Learn more about Springfield Beach.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Halloween Set-up 1998

October 31, 2018

Springfield didn’t always celebrate Halloween, but when they did, they did it up grand. 1998 is part of a run of particularly strong Halloween episodes. Halloween 1995 – Abby comes here from Goshen at Halloween and has no idea about what all these strange things are happening. Halloween 1997 – the Roy Meecham story kicks up a notch when Abby’s attacker shows up when Abby is alone at the Bauer House. Halloween 1999 – Teresa drugs Danny, almost killing him, in an effort to get him away from Michelle.

Halloween 1998 was the best. Besides the incredible Mick’s death kicks off Manny story we also have the big Annie Dutton returns reveal at the Lewis Halloween party, a Halloween party at Millennium, Dinah starting a fire to get Hart’s attention that really endangers her life and badly burns her face, and about the happiest bits you will ever find of Jezz and Pharley.

Events had been building up. Things between Jesse and Michelle have been tense ever since they reunited after the blind school fiasco. Jesse has been trying stupid things to get money so he feels good enough for Michelle including taking a job he’s totally unqualified for as part of an obvious set up from Drew and big time gambling. However, as part of the pay he’s getting an apartment over the Millennium Bar and he thinks he and Michelle need to move in together. He’s even planning a huge housewarming party. Michelle isn’t so sure — and frankly looks a little sick to her stomach whenever it comes up. Finally Michelle womans up and tells Jesse, NO that she’s not ready to move in with him. He thinks her hesitation is that she wants them to get married instead. WELL, she’s not ready for that either. However, no matter what Drew thinks that doesn’t mean that Michelle is throwing in the towel and with Jesse still moving into the place over the bar Michelle thinks they need to meet some place private and set some ground rules — like Springfield beach.

Meanwhile Mick has been working Drew. While Mick was perfectly willing to help Drew manipulate Jesse for spending money and kicks, he saw her as a possibility for a long game. Once she bought Millennium he wanted in and not just as hired help. Mick saw the club as the perfect place to sell drugs. Selena caught him at it and when Drew herself caught him selling drugs she called the cops despite Mick’s threats. So when Mick makes bail and is still a little high himself, he’s out for blood, Drew’s blood, as soon as he can get her alone — somewhere like Springfield beach.

P.S. So what about Halloween 1996? I don’t know. Do you? It might have been something to do with Michelle’s Angel Boy because he was in town then and Roger was trying to gaslight Dinah and Hart, but I don’t have any specifics, but I’m thinking it might have been awesome.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Manny Prequel Legend of the Water Glass

October 30, 2018

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Manny I’m resharing out this prequel story that I think – using the information before and after Mick’s death – must represent what was going on with Mick.

Legend of the Water Glass: A Manny Prequel

When I learned the first scene where Manny talk to each other was known as the Water Glass Scene, it flashed this quote into my head and the story soon followed. I hope you enjoy it.


Legend of the Water Glass: A Manny Prequel
by Robansuefarm

“It was only by accident that he had put his lips just where [she] had put hers….Nevertheless, it had a curious significance for her. They two had drunk from the same cup. She remembered idly that an old aunt of hers used to say that when two people did this their after-lives would be linked in some fashion, whether for good or ill.”
– L.M. Montgomery, Rainbow Valley

“So this is Millennium,” Danny thought, as he walked up to the front door. It had been hard to get a parking spot, the crowd was spilling out the door and the music blared. It looked like the place was doing very well. It hadn’t been open very long and Danny had never been there yet. He liked predictability in a club, someplace not in the first waves of “in”-ness, a place where they knew him by name, said “Mr. Santos” in a respectful tone, took him to his regular table and brought him his regular drink with a crisp, “Your usual, Mr. Santos.” Only the girl changed, almost every night he went out. However, this time he was alone.

His brother Mick was working at this club now. Mick had said this place had “potential.” Mick never used a word like that and it had made Danny nervous. Mick had his own way of doing things. There had been the beginnings of quiet rumbles around town. Mick was escalating his drug pushing and use. It made Danny sick. He had no use for drugs at all and once he finally took over, the Santos family would never be involved with drug deals again, but he couldn’t get Mama to see things his way. There had also been a little instance of a shiner that Mick had attempted to hide, but failed to a couple of weeks before the club opened. If there was going to be trouble over whatever “potential” problems Mick was planning at the club, Danny preferred to head it off before it happened if he could. That’s why he was here tonight and for the very first time, Danny Santos stepped into Millennium.


Michelle Bauer was on another date with Jesse at Millennium. If you could call it date. Technically Jesse was working as he was almost every night. He still seemed a little uncomfortable in his skin in the role of manager that Drew had pushed on him. He had not yet learned to delegate and was doing way more of the work himself than he should be, Michelle knew. Drew was no help with this because her natural good business sense was being overridden by her constant scheming to get Jesse’s time and attention. As much as Drew Jacobs wanted Millennium to succeed, and Michelle knew that Drew had invested a lot of herself in making it succeed, Drew wanted Jesse more. She was quite willing to use whatever it took to get his attention, even if it meant encouraging his newbie obsession with micromanaging everything that went on in the club. For what seemed to be the 100th time that night, Drew had “borrowed” Jesse for a pressing “business decision.” Really it wasn’t even Drew’s stunts that were the problem. It was Jesse’s reactions to them. No matter what Drew did, Jesse seemed to make excuses for her. He stayed friends with her and even would get mad at MICHELLE for her reactions to these stunts. “It’s only Drew,” Jesse would say as if that explained everything. What was up with that? She kept telling herself that she was over reacting due to her insecurities due to her father’s infidelity to Maureen, Marcus’s infidelity to Dehlia, Blake’s infidelity to Ross, Holly’s infidelity to well, everyone,…. “Stop it, Michelle!,” she told herself sternly. Michelle was practically vibrating with irritation now. She had had enough.

A new song came over the speakers and Michelle didn’t even hear or care what the new song was. She went over to Jesse. “Sorry Drew, but I really NEED to steal Jesse back.” Michelle flashed a killer smile. “I love this song and we just have to dance to it.” Michelle had won this battle, Jesse had obediently followed her out on the floor and taken her in his arms, but as she peered over Jesse’s shoulder at Drew, Michelle was certain this wasn’t the final battle.


Danny heard the door of Millennium go closed behind him and he quickly scanned the room around him just as he had always been trained to do. Small tables cluttered the bar area all around him. They were all full tonight. “Well, Mick was right about how hot the club was,” Danny thought. To his left, someone had done a rather amateurish take on Edward Hopper’s “Night Hawks” as a mural on the wall. To his right,  was an L shaped bar and some kind of stupid curtain blocking a doorway at one end through which most of the music was pouring.  A second door was closed behind the bar area. Three possible exits. In his world you always had to be very aware of that kind of thing. Danny detected no possible threats and no one who he knew in the young, mostly college age or just out of college crowd. So where was Mick?

The door behind the bar opened and Mick came through it, carrying a plastic industrial dishwasher tray of clean glasses. He set it on the bar and began to put the clean glasses away beneath the bar. This both pleased and worried Danny. He was glad that Mick actually seemed to working, something he hadn’t done in quite awhile, but Danny knew that if Mick was well and truly on his game he should have spotted Danny the second he came through the door. Mick not being aware of his surroundings could very well mean he was back using his own product again. A very dangerous practice. As little as Danny tried to know about the drug side of the business he knew a dealer who became his own customer usually ended up dead sooner rather than later. Danny frowned as Mick continued not to notice his presence across the room.

Mick was shifting the glasses quickly and expertly. They’d all learned many of the skills of the restaurant business working summers in their uncle’s restaurant in California. Danny knew Mick could be a good bartender, but why he suddenly wanted to be one continued to be the worry. Danny pasted on a smile and slowly moved across the room towards Mick wondering just how close he could actually get without Mick spotting him. The answer did nothing to put Danny’s fears at rest. He actually had to speak to Mick before he drew his attention.

“Hey, barkeep, what’s it take to get a little service around here?” Danny asked in a silky, arrogant, slightly insulting tone.

That did it. Mick’s eyes shot up and met Danny’s, relaxing into a smile when he recognized who was speaking to him. He took just a second to long to do so and between that and his dilated pupils, Danny knew he was either using again or at least more buzzed than he should be out in public.

“Bro,” Mick replied.”So you finally came to check my little club out, did you?”

“Your club?,” Danny asked. “I thought you just worked here.”

Mick waved the thought away as a mere technicality. “I’ve got a vision for the future of this club. And it’s going to be fantastic, you’ll see.”

“And the owner sees things the same way?”

“She will. Don’t worry, little Drew won’t be able to resist ‘The Pulsating Mick Machine.’” Mick wasn’t liking the direction the conversation was going and he wasn’t about to run his plans past his little brother. “For right now, I’m on the clock, so…” Mick drew himself up to attention and clicked his heels together, mocking the kind of service he knew Danny liked. “The usual Mr. Santos.”

Danny rolled his eyes, “Sure.”

Mick pulled a frosted glass out of the under the counter freezer. He put some ice in it and then pulled a bottle of high class bottled water and cracked it open. He poured half of it in the glass and then reached in the refrigerator unit and pulled out a lemon wedge and stuck it on the edge of the glass. He sat both the bottle and the glass before Danny. “There you go, Bro!”

Danny’s voice dripped with so much sarcasm it could almost have been Ben Warren’s, “Gee, Mick, however did you know.” It definitely was not Danny’s usual.

“Don’t thank me. It’s good for you and it’s on the house. Bartender’s treat.” Mick grinned at Danny, pleased with himself.

Maybe things weren’t quite as bad with Mick as he feared if Mick was capable of laughing and joking and he seemed to be doing OK with the job. Danny avoided the lemon wedge on the side of the glass and took a long pull on the water. It actually tasted pretty good. Maybe he had been hitting the hard stuff a little too often himself lately. He heard from his memory Father Tomas’s voice intone, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Maybe he was overreacting to Mick’s situation. He could give it some time to see how it would play out.

Danny sat down his glass and as soon as it touched the bar top, Mick grabbed the water bottle and opening it, refilled the glass so it looked untouched. “Got to keep in practice to get those tips,” he joked. “Hey, on second thought, you know your way around a bar. You can earn the water.”

“All right. What do you want me to do?” Danny asked with an exaggerated sigh. It felt good to be bantering with his brother again.

“You can take this tray and stick it in the back.” Mick handed Danny the now empty dishwasher tray and pointed to the door, Danny had seen Mick come through earlier. “Put it down on the counter in there and then take the steps down. I pulled about half a dozen liquor bottles for restocking earlier and you can bring them up for me.” Danny gave him his patented Santos salute and picked up the tray and headed to the door, leaving the water where he had been standing at the end of the bar near the curtained doorway.

Mick moved down the other side of the bar and opened the door for Danny.  Once Danny was through, Mick closed the door again and let his gaze wander around the room. It WAS his club. He’d see to that. Poor little rich girl Drew wouldn’t know what hit her. To him this was more than just some little sideline. It was the cornerstone of his future. Mama (“The Boss”) had made it quite plain that Mick would never have a role in running the Santos organization. He was good enough to do their dirty work, but she didn’t think he was smart enough to run things. Well, maybe he’d never be Joe College like his little brother had been, but Mick was plenty street smart he knew and the coke he’d been snorting had just made him a little sharper. If he didn’t take too much. He knew he’d overdone it that night before he went to the docks or that “Uncle Nutso” would never had been able to beat him up and take the blackmail tape. He still couldn’t believe he’d listened to Ben and not made a back up. He must have been a little too high that day, too. Still they had been incidental. His real future was here at Millennium. He was already dealing coke from behind the bar. Soon he’d move out into other drugs, he’d been debating whether an old standby like heroin or LSD would do better with this crowd or some of the new designer drugs they’d been coming out with that these stupid, rich, “respectable” college kids could convince themselves were just a little dangerous, but not a “real drug.”

The next step would be prostitution. That Selena Davis said she was out of “the life” now, but that never lasted long, did it, and if it took a little physical reminder of men and women’s relative places in the pecking order, well, he was just the man for the job. She was already working there and once he pulled her back in, she could help him recruit some luscious newbies from the college girl customers. A good hooker always could spot another girl who’d be willing to be one. Maybe he’d even get Drew out turning tricks for top of the line customers. She already dressed the part. Of course he’d bag her himself first. He had to get her to stop moping over this idiot Jesse. He was beginning to think eventually he’d have to take him out. For the moment though, having a complete idiot for an “official” manager was playing right into Mick’s hands, so he’d leave it alone until the time was right. Then he’d go after that looker Michelle. Maybe he’d take both of them to bed at once, blond and dark, short and tall, feisty and slutty. Yeah Michelle and Drew sounded like the perfect version of a double-decker sandwich to Mick. He’d build his own Santos Empire and it would all start right here at Millennium.


Michelle had actually kept Jesse’s attention for three whole dances before Drew had come up with another excuse to talk to him again. However, it seemed to Michelle that he’d been way too happy to go when she did.  Michelle couldn’t go on just standing there waiting. She was so thirsty. She needed a drink. Michelle pushed her way through the curtain into the bar area. She stopped short when she saw Mick was the only one on duty. There wasn’t another bartender or waitress in sight.

She’d avoided Mick like the plague ever since he gave her that creepy line about a perfect face. Mick was at the other end of the bar, looking totally lost in his own little world and Michelle sure didn’t want to be the one to bring him back to this one. Just then she spotted a glass of water, perfectly poured, waiting on the end of bar. Michelle figured Mick had gotten it ready for some customer. “Oh well,” she thought. “He can always pour another one and the least Drew owes me is a bottle of water.” Michelle picked up the glass and bottle and nipped back behind the curtain to the dance area. She found a place to sit on the couch looking out at the dance floor. Drew and Jesse were nowhere in sight. “Great, Drew found a way to get Jesse alone in the office or stockroom. Just peachy!”

Carefully avoiding the lemon wedge, Michelle put her mouth to the water glass and pulled a long drink from it. Her lips had, by chance, touched the very spot where Danny’s had been when he drank from the same glass. Suddenly, Michelle felt a tiny thrill run through her, as if she had somehow received a shock of static electricity, but she hadn’t moved or touched anything else when she felt it. “Where did that come from?” she wondered.


“Where did that come from?” Danny wondered. He’d been taking a step on the wooden stairs, his arms full of the bottles Mick had wanted when he felt a tiny spark of static electricity. He should have been grounded. He didn’t understand at all. He finished carrying the bottles upstairs and when confronted with the closed door and his full arms, he’d kicked at the door to let Mick know he’d returned.

Mick had still been standing at the door, lost in his dream world where he had already accomplished everything he wanted to at Millennium, where drugs and prostitutes were at every table, there was gambling in that big now empty basement (it was big enough to hold a second club, he thought with a laugh), and Michelle and Drew were fighting to see which one could give him the most pleasure in bed. The look on Mick’s face had kept more people than Michelle from disrupting his fantasy.  Mick heard the kicking and opened the door for his brother, somewhat sheepishly realizing that he’d been out of it for awhile if Danny was back already. He really was starting to use a little too much, he had to remember to cut back….. a little bit.

The customers were glad to see someone else behind the bar and Danny was pressed into service helping Mick catch up on the drink orders he’d missed while he was daydreaming. Finally there were no more orders and Danny went to retrieve his water, but it was gone. Danny shrugged. He faced the curtain that blocked his view to the dance floor.


Michelle drained the water glass, refilled it from the bottle, and drained it again. She left the empty glass and the bottle on the coffee table. This was it. She’d had it. Michelle stood up and strode towards the curtain that blocked her view to the bar area.


Danny started to reach for the curtain. The music was great and he was a good dancer. Then he hesitated, he didn’t want Mick to think he checking up on him before he was actually having to. Maybe it would be just as well to wait for another time. Mick seemed OK, but something told him this wouldn’t be his only visit to Millennium.  As he turned away a stray thought popped into his head that whatever started the static charge he felt before was right behind that curtain and that he should look for it. “What a strange thought.” He shook the thought out of his head and turned away, but still when he caught a movement of the curtain out of the corner of his eye, he turned back to face it.


Michelle’s hand had actually fallen on the curtain and started to move it, when she felt a hand on her arm. “Gee, Michelle, I’m sorry I took so long with Drew, but I promise the rest of the evening will be all about you.” Michelle was only partially mollified by Jesse’s little speech, but she dropped the curtain and allowed Jesse to lead her back towards the dance floor. She looked back over her shoulder, somewhere in a corner of her mind a tiny voice was saying she should have gone through the curtain that something important was just on the other side. Michelle shook the thought away.


The motion of the curtain stopped. Danny turned back toward the door and giving Mick another Santos salute, he headed toward the door. It was still early enough that if he’d hurried, he could probably still phone Ray before lights out at the seminary and he wanted someone to talk about what to do about Mick. Should he do something to intervene or give it some more time? He just didn’t know.


And even if the curtain never opened that night, two lives were linked forever after for ill or for good with a sip from a water glass.

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A League of Their Own Essay 14

August 29, 2018

Republisher’s Note: Again a very accurate point about Danny and Michelle. They DO stand in a league of their own. They ARE smarter, more spiritual, and more passionate people than Jesse and Drew. I have to say sadly with the wisdom of foreknowledge that no, we don’t get to see Michelle use it with Danny very soon at this point. We do get treated to Michelle not really being excited about being with Jesse, Michelle jealous about Danny, and Michelle not being able to get Danny out of her head when Jesse kisses her. Then we get a break. (I’d really like to know if Joie had a vacation or something because it does seem like it wouldn’t really be necessary to have her out of time all that long.) During the break we do learn more about Danny though. So it’s worth it. Flashing back to the first year of my blog I compare Danny and Michelle.

From Rustle of the Sheets

Danny and Michelle at Mall

Essay #14

“A League of Their Own”
“(Following the Drew/Danny “Connection”)
By BettyM — posted on the Mannyac Board.

While Danny and Michelle seem evenly matched, intellectually, spiritually, etc, … come on, now — are either Drew or poor Jesse in their league?

I just don’t see Drew inspiring any deep passion in Danny like Michelle can! That’s the real deal. Michelle gets under Danny’s skin, because he respects her, he knows she’s not just any girl, and thinks she’s special as a human being, the type he wants to father his children; he thinks she’s classy! She is; but he doesn’t realize they’re in the same league, actually.

Think back to how Danny, when he first showed up, and who has been with many girls, zoomed in on Michelle, initially, and not Drew. Remember those early scenes. Drew put on that slutty red dress to distract him; but he honed in on Michelle. Despite Drew’s showiness, he wasn’t blown away; he acknowledged Drew, but I clearly got the impression he saw her like any other of the pretty sloodges he’s been with.

The fact of the matter is that Drew is simply not in Michelle’s/Danny’s league, just as Jesse isn’t. I think that’s why Michelle gets under Danny’s skin! Because of what she is, she hurts; other women do not! There’s simply no challenge for him, intellectually, spiritually, or otherwise with Drew! She’s nothing but a sloodgey, hootch diversion; but Michelle drives him up the wall. Ditto with Jesse for Michelle. I think that same spiritual and intellectual challenge is what gets under Michelle’s skin re Danny, although her Bauerness makes her loathe to face it.

Danny never gave Drew a second look before this. It’s always been about her throwing on a slutty red dress, and throwing it at him. Right? And if my brother can see this; it must be there. Back to that red dress issue — like I said before, I get the distinct impression Paul Rauch, who is very astute, always throws Drew in a showy red dress — twice — around Danny, because that devil knows … that it is Joie Lenz’s Michelle who is the sexy one.

I believe that devil, Rauch, could see that Lenz, when she played the Clone Reva, has this sort of steamy, feisty sexuality. It works for the show, in that, I do believe it is part of the whole package that has Danny floored with Michelle. That it Joie Lenz has is there with Michelle, as it was with Cleva, although wrapped in Bauer dignity; but it’s there! Now, here’s my point …. Will Michelle use it? I believe Rauch knows, the devil, that Jesse and Drew, although surfacely attractive as individuals, simply do not have that it, but Michelle has it; as does Danny.

That is why I think the guys always have gone for Michelle … because she’s truly the sexy one and appealing one, but Michelle seems to underplay it in her Bauer girl goodness. Certainly she has it on Danny — because all she has to do is cuddle to him, and he melts, which I’m sure he hates!

I think Michelle has even picked up that she has this power, and has used it to advantage. I think even the Drew stuff is Danny’s denial that he knows Michelle turns him inside out!

Michelle, although sexy, has been acting pretty demure, as befitting a Bauer lady — but she can be a clever, feisty, little b*tch, as Carmen learned, when she wants to be … so are we gonna see Michelle using some of her it, soon, on Danny, as she has before?



My Wild Guess About What Will Happen Next Essay 13

August 23, 2018

Republisher’s Note: Comment set right after D/D the night when Danny slept with Drew. The episode post is rightly pointing out the much more important “Angel of Mine” dance. There is an issue with the audio on the sequence. I have a back up, but haven’t posted about it. As it is, watch these episodes. Although the guess isn’t right as a whole, her feeling about Ben moving in on Carmen signalling a continued Carmen/Danny/Michelle dynamic was spot on. I think the Manny fighting for financial control would have been a nice story. I vote for anything that didn’t tip Carmen over into actual violence against Michelle so the sniping could continue. Like Ed-Roger in later years, not like their early years.

From Rustle of the Sheets

“My Wild Guess About What Will Happen Next …”
“(Following the Drew/Danny “Connection”)
By Rhonda — posted on the Mannyac Board.

I know a lot of you are concerned about Drew getting pregnant and Michelle and Jesse reuniting, but I’m not, and here’s why. In a word, Ben. Ben’s addition to this storyline signals to me that the writers intend to keep the focus on the Carmen/Danny/Michelle dynamic, and have no intention of shifting the focus to Danny/Drew or Jesse/Michelle. Messe can’t happen unless Carmen is no longer a threat to Michelle, and even if Danny has the upper hand right now, his mother is still a threat, and he knows that and so does Michelle. Therefore, no Messe reunion and no annulment.

Danny may offer Michelle an annulment once he’s sure she’s safe, but he’s not going to give her one now. It’s too risky. So, what will Danny offer to Michelle? My guess is that he’s going to make her a player by giving her half of everything he owns, and that will include a hefty chunk of the Santos’ only legitimately run business.

What if Carmen gave Danny one of the family businesses as a graduation present? Danny gives Michelle the lion’s share of his business, she wills it to Rick if she dies, and Carmen’s hands are tied. Danny might even promise Michelle an annulment as well, but before he can follow through on it Carmen fights back with Ben, and she winds up taking Manny to court to keep the business in the family. That way Manny could spend the next few months at the Bauers battling Carmen while growing closer.

Like I said in the beginning though, this is just a guess, and it’s coming from a someone who sees no need for a Messe reunion so it may just be wishful thinking on my part.

This might also explain the current twist in Manny’s storyline with Michelle betraying Danny, and Danny sleeping with Drew. If Manny will be at the Bauers (a safe, loving environment) working together, and growing closer, then they’ll need internal conflicts to keep them apart, and now both will have them.



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